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Washington FIRST Robotics congratulates Everett Public Schools for being a leader in STEM education

Monroe Elementary School Students with their robotics project. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Monroe Elementary School Students with their robotics project. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Public Schools news release.

Everett School District has 35 robotics teams this year! Up from 26 teams last year!

In a letter to Superintendent Gary Cohn, Washington FIRST Robotics President Erin McCallum wrote, “During 2014-15, … of the 135 public school districts in our state participating in FIRST programs, Everett School District had 26 teams …  this year your district has 35 teams.”

“On behalf of Washington FIRST Robotics, congratulations in being a leader in FIRST education in the Everett School District and making the programs accessible and available for all students in your communities.”

Superintendent Cohn expressed his appreciation, “We’re thrilled to be recognized as a leader in FIRST Robotics.”

“This year every single elementary, middle and comprehensive high school has at least one robotics team,” said Andrea Cartwright, Everett School District STEM Facilitator for grades 6-12 and Jackson High School Chemistry teacher.

“Some schools have more than one team!

“WA FIRST builds core values of perseverance, collaboration, gracious professionalism and more. They are values we all work hard to teach our students. The essence of team is true and completely necessary, because each person is a crucial component when competing.”

“Students are learning that perseverance and failing is okay and a natural part of the learning process. They support each other and are finding joy, no matter how difficult the challenge or how many times they might fail before figuring something out.”

Washington FIRST Robotics currently has over 11,000 students involved in 975 teams immersed in the sport of science, technology and teamwork.

This past year, more than 5,000 adult coaches and mentors and more than 1,300 volunteers shared their passion for science and technology with FIRST students.

“I believe our robotics programs are just going to continue to grow,” continued Cartwright.

“This year every elementary and middle school received grants from OSPI and WA FIRST. That doesn’t happen in every school district. Silver Firs Elementary actually has five robotics teams coached and mentored by parent volunteers. Finding funding can be a challenge, but it’s important because students are clamoring to join a team.”

Washington FIRST Robotics certificate given to Everett Public Schools.